While it can be tempting to focus on who is at fault, and how to handle the financial damage to your vehicle following an accident, it is important not to overlook your potentially unseen auto injury. An emergency responder or your personal doctor may give you a clean bill of health, but only a chiropractor can ensure that any damage done to your spine is corrected swiftly to avoid further longterm pain and discomfort.
SpineFit will give you a free consultation, and works with all auto injuries and attorneys, as well as liens. We are a preferred auto injury accident specialist in Phoenix, and are many attorney’s first choice in attorney referrals. If you have been in an accident recently, you must consider carefully both your financial well being, and your spinal health and rehabilitation. Below, we have answered some commonly asked questions regarding this process, and how to proceed from your accident.
Auto Injury FAQ's
A: It is important to receive an exam by a chiropractor as soon as possible following an accident. This will allow any findings from your initial consultation to be referenced when you decide whether or not an attorney is necessary for your case. If needed, SpineFit can refer you to a reputable and qualified attorney in our network.
A: Published studies by Charles Carroll, M.D., Paul McAtee, M.D., and Lee Riley M.D. revealed that “the amount of damage to the automobile bears little relation to the force applied to the cervical spine (neck) of the occupants.” With this in mind, it is important to note that the damage to passengers is not necessarily directly related to the damage of the vehicle, and it is important to be checked by a chiropractic physician to ensure that your possible injuries to not cause further damage over time.
A: Only in incredibly rare circumstances does the patient pay for their care as they go. SpineFit offers care “on credit” when patients are represented by an attorney, allowing you to focus on healing your spine and returning to full health. Additionally, some insurance policies have a feature called “Med Pay,” meaning that your medical bills will be paid in full up to a certain limit. Our office can assist you in obtaining this information, and ensuring that using your medical coverage does not raise your premiums.
A: It is in your best interest to not sign or settle on any claims until you have had SpineFit evaluate your injury for you. If you reach a settlement before your injury is fully resolved, you will have to pay the difference that your settlement does not cover out of pocket.
A: While a hospital visit or your medical doctor will check vital signs and ensure that you are not in any life-threatening danger, you need a chiropractic care physician to diagnose and treat any potential underlying spinal injuries. Medical doctors and hospital physicians do not generally treat underlying improper musculoskeletal biomechanics or spinal subluxations that can and often do lead to chronic pain. While your doctor may provide you with painkillers or a prescription, these do not correct structural or soft tissue damage, and we offer the special therapies that these types of auto injuries require.
A: Absolutely not! Chiropractic care, specifically the kind offered by SpineFit, is very gentle and quite soothing. Most patients can hardly wait to get their care and return back to full health.
A: Chiropractic care and physical therapy are incredibly safe and proven methods of physical rehabilitation, particularly when compared to potential side effects from medical prescriptions that many doctors may suggest. Click here to view our patient testimonials and to begin getting a feel for what you can expect from our office.